Beginning his sermon, Pastor Phyl talked about how we all have mementos, which we put feelings on to, and which we cling to. We capture moments in our lives, often in photos or snapshots. These moments will never be the same again, because the thing is that every second has eternity in it.
The key scripture for this series is Luke 12:48:
“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Some people have very long lives, and some people’s lives are very short. Why is it that we see it as more fair when an old person dies, than it is when a young person does? Often, we find that we simply don’t understand the issues around this kind of suffering. We are quite short sighted when it comes to time, only seeing the immediate moments ahead of us, but we must remember that every second has eternity in it. It is difficult to grasp time… We grab these moments together, but everything changes in time.
The passage of scripture for this message comes from Matthew 25:1-13, where Jesus talks about the ten virgins. The disciples ask questions of Him regarding the destruction of the temple, when Jesus is foretelling His own death, but when they ask Him about when He will come back, He says that He cannot answer, because not even He knows when He would be coming back.
Pastor Ian Mac Pherson tried to work out when Jesus would come back, but he couldn’t, because the truth is that Jesus will come when God says. He will come in a moment, so we need to make sure to use our time wisely.
We are called to be stewards of time. We must live as if it is our last day, and yet, also plan for tomorrow. We have to be stewards of our time, like nobody else.
Pastor Phyl said that he had three points for us. Firstly, we often fail because we set goals in place, but don’t set routines and systems in order to make them happen. The virgins who were wise, were organised, when they brought spare oil. We waste time so much today. Television allows us to procrastinate twenty four hours a day if we want, and with smart phones now, too, it is increasingly simple for us to waste time.
The thing is, that small systems allow for success. The wise virgins had a system and a schedule. They were organised. There is a type or people who plan, and who organise, and who are never late. The foolish virgins didn’t have a system, and when the bridegroom came, they found themselves left outside.
The wise virgins used their system, and their schedule, and it changed their situation.
Pastor Phyl encouraged us to make small steps.
Join Pastor Phyl on Facebook this week, where he will be sharing some small steps and goals to help us succeed, so that we can have a life that we have lived richly, and to the glory of God.
Scriptures: Luke 12:48, Matthew 25:1-13.